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Police launch Summer Safety Campaign

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has launched its summer campaign, helping people who live in and visit the four counties they serve safely enjoy what’s on offer over the summer.

The campaign, identified by the hashtag #EnjoyDPP, offers practical advice to help people enjoy our towns, beaches, mountains and events.

#EnjoyDPP is about giving people the safety advice that could prevent them from requiring police assistance this summer. They will be working closely with partner agencies who provide specialist assistance to keep people as safe as possible.

Head of Uniformed Policing, Chief Superintendent Vicki Evans, said: “Our area is home to a variety of fantastic attractions, and hosts locally and nationally renowned events. People come in their droves during the summer months  boosting population numbers significantly.

“The influx of visitors combined with the diversity of our patch brings challenges for us as a police force and we’re adept at flexing our resources to accommodate this. However, we appeal to our communities and visitors to help us out, so this summer we are offering some simple advice to help people enjoy our unique region, safely.

“We’re encouraging people to be sensible and mindful of risks they perceive around them – don’t ignore warning signs and pay attention to local weather forecasts.”

The force sees reports of domestic abuse rise over the summer months. They take a strong stance against the crime and are encouraging people to pass on information which will help tackle the issue.

Chief Superintendent Evans continued: “We understand domestic abuse isn’t easy to talk about, so we have dedicated, specialist officers who can provide support.

“Domestic abuse is not only violence – physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse, threats and damage are also methods used by perpetrators to control victims.

“We urge anyone concerned about a friend, neighbour or family member to pass us information so we can take action.

“Report concerns by calling 101. If someone is at immediate risk of harm, call 999.”

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Police concerned about missing man

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CONCERNS are growing for 75-year-old Samuel Geler Thomas, who has been missing from his home in Llanelli since July 10.

Mr Thomas is described as around 5’ 6-7” tall and bald. He was last seen wearing khaki jeans, a white t-shirt and white and black Puma trainers.

He is believed to have left his house between 6am and 6.30am on July 10. Enquiries have established that his bus pass was last used on the X2 service in Porthcawl at around 7.40am on July 12, and there was a potential sighting in St Mary’s Street, Cardiff, on July 13.

Anyone with information that could lead to Mr Thomas’s whereabouts is urged to call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101, quoting reference 522 of July 10.

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Lucy’s Law gets support from AMs

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AN EVENT calling for the introduction of ‘Lucy’s Law’ was held in the Senedd last Wednesday (Jul 11).

Assembly Members Eluned Morgan and Vikki Howells sponsored the event in support of an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers, in response to growing concerns from animal charities that not enough is being done to prevent illegal breeding and animal cruelty.

The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of ‘puppy farms’, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare.

Although very few high street pet shops sell puppies these days, the third-party trade remains significant across the UK with dealers operating from a diverse array of premises including private homes and puppy superstores. Evidence suggests that the trade sources puppies bred in Wales.

According to animal charity, CARIAD, a ban is the essential first step towards ending the practice of farming dogs for profit with little or no regard for their welfare or their fitness as family companions. Stress, increased risk of disease, poor breeding practices and irresponsible selling tactics are all associated with the method of third-party puppy selling.

Respected Vet and campaigner Marc Abraham spoke during the event at the National Assembly for Wales, he said:
“It simply isn’t enough to license puppy sellers, we must have a full and complete ban, to stop the trade and supply of dogs bred on such an extensive scale. Lucy’s Law will help to change the way dogs are bred in this country. It will make the process more transparent and raise standards, improving the economy and employment opportunities. This is a revolution in dog breeding and it will do wonders for the reputation of Wales as a responsible dog breeding nation.”

Eluned Morgan AM said: “There are many documented cases of puppy farming, particularly in the region I represent. Puppy smuggling is also an issue with several reported cases of puppies entering our ports from Ireland. The adoption of Lucy’s Law in Wales sends a strong message that as a nation we expect the highest animal welfare practises and that the cruel act of puppy farming can be consigned to history. I want us to be ambitious and to take the lead on this legislation which I hope will be a real possibility following this event in the Senedd.”

Vikki Howells AM said: “I am pleased to be jointly hosting this event today with important contributions from Pup Aid and CARIAD and Marc the vet who has done so much to raise awareness of Lucy’s Law across the United Kingdom and now here in Wales too.”

Legislation relating to Lucy’s Law is devolved to the Welsh Government under the 1956 An

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Two women could help police with an investigation

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is looking to speak to two witnesses of an incident in Llanelli on Friday (Jul 13).

A man in a car made comments about a teenager’s nationality at around 9pm in Trostre Retail Park.

Two women in a turquoise or blue car stopped to help the victim. Officers would like to speak to them to get further information about the incident.

Call 101, quoting ref 437 of July 13 if you can help.

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